Monday, December 08, 2014

Is you is or is you ain't?

Only a few weeks ago we were being told that the Umbrella Movement was being backed by insidious foreign forces bent on undermining China.  Now China's Ambassador to Britain tells us that external support for the protests is an "illusion".  I'm so confused...

Friday, November 28, 2014

This Has Gone On Long Enough

East Taipo Evening Post, 28 November 2014: A new opinion poll shows that 85% of Hong Kong people now want the police to pull back from the streets of Hong Kong.  After six weeks of intense police presence, most people feel their action can never achieve its goals and has gone on for far too long.

Mrs Pinkie Pong, 32, told the Post: "In the beginning I supported the police action, and even signed one of Robert Chow's dodgy petitions.  But now, even after the media tell us Nathan Road has been reopened to traffic, thousands of police are still out on the streets in Mongkok every night, blocking roads with their vans, harassing peaceful protesters, and beating up innocent passers-by.  It's time they got off the streets, returned to their barracks, and let ordinary people go about their business normally again."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

English Lessons for Politicians part 1

No Carrie, you've got it wrong.  When two sides exchange opinions as equals, that's called dialogue.  When one side dominates the conversation, that's called monologue.  It's when you dictate the terms of the conversation that "there is no room for dialogue".  But you're not listening, are you?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whose Police?

Just outside the market building in Taipo, a big banner exhorts those reading it to "Support Our Police".  It appears from the two-hands logo in the corner to have been erected by the objectionable Robert Chow's Alliance for Sleaze and Hypocrisy.  And there lies the problem: if they are "our" police, who are we?  Any police force that Robert Chow (still claiming to speak for the mythical Silent Majority despite opinion polls showing support for the government shrinking to well below 50%) claims proprietorial rights over is certainly not my police force.

The Hong Kong government is trying to frame a political problem as a law and order problem, which means the police are being forced into a political role - defending an unpopular, unelected and unrepresentative government - that should not be their job.  And the recent attack on TVB and RTHK journalists by the "Support Our Police" blue-ribbon mob suggests they don't have much idea what the police should really be doing - keeping the peace.  A peace that is mostly being disturbed by those claiming to support the police.